A former sailor who spent a year in jail for taking classified pictures aboard a submarine has fallen on hard times, but hopes that a pardon from President Trump could turn things around.
In 2009, at age 22, Kristian Saucier took six photographs inside the classified area of the U.S.S. Alexandria, a nuclear submarine and eventually pleaded guilty of unauthorized possession and retention of national defense information.
Now, after being released from prison, his house is in foreclosure as he tries to make ends meet as a garbageman, Fox News has learned.
'We're really struggling,' he told the network Tuesday in a new interview. 'We can’t pay our electric bill. Bill collectors are calling every day, I make only half what I used to make.'
The president sparked renewed interest in Saucier's case by tweeting about it on Tuesday.
Kristian Saucier spoke with Fox News Channel after being brought up by President Trump in a tweet on Tuesday. Saucier served a year in jail for taking photos in a classified area of a nuclear submarine he was serving on
President Donald Trump expressed that he thought it wasn't fair that Saucier had served jail time when Hillary Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin 'disregard[ed] basic security protocols' when she was at the State Department, according to the president
President Trump spoke about Kristian Saucier's case on the campaign trail, suggesting he was sentenced too harshly while Hillary Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin walk free. The president brought up Saucier's case again this week
'Remember sailors pictures on submarine?' Trump asked, referring to Saucier. 'Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.'
A photograph of Kristian Saucier from his time serving in the U.S. Navy
Saucier told Fox News on Tuesday that the tweet renewed his hope for a pardon.
'We're hopeful with that tweet today,' he told the network. 'He mentioned me quite a few times when he was campaigning, and said it was a double standard how Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin were